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A corporate lobbyist recently admitted to the New York Times: "Everybody is embarrassed about it. Although not so embarrassed that they don't do it."

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Kit B (276)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 8:46 pm
Photo: Jim HIghtower

A corporate lobbyist recently admitted to the New York Times: "Everybody is embarrassed about it. Although not so embarrassed that they don't do it."

"It" is the scandalous copulation between corporate cash and willing legislators that's taking place regularly in such secretive rendezvous resorts as the Dorado Beach Ritz-Carlton. Lawmakers and lobbyists don't like to talk about what they're doing (and certainly don't want voters or the media to see them), for these getaways are explicit, tawdry examples of the prostitution of our legislative system.

If you had wandered innocently into the toney Four Seasons hotel of Vail, Colorado, in early January, you could've witnessed one of these group gropes. Assorted lobbyists, including one who represents the utility giant, PPL Corporation, had slipped tens of thousands of dollars into the political pockets of Rep. Ed Whitfield and four other House members for the pleasure of rubbing elbows, wining and dining, and whispering sweet legislative nothings to them for hours.

At one dinner, the cozy group dug into juicy wagyu steaks and swilled $60-a-bottle wine as they played scratch-my-back, Washington-style politics. Whitfield, a Kentucky Republican, was especially popular with the utility lobbyists, for he chairs the House committee that handles legislation affecting guess who? utilities! And Ed must've had a good time in Vail, because when he returned to Washington, he promptly introduced a bill to let PPL and other electric utilities build additional polluting, coal-burning power plants an industry favor that would overturn health protections recently approved by the Obama administration.

Sure, the public approval rating for Congress is at historic lows, but the Vail experience of Whitfield and the others shows that lawmakers can be loveable for a price.

By: Jim HIghtower | Jim | The HIghtower Low Down|

Direct to you from Austin, Texas

***"A Loophole Allows Lawmakers To Reel In Trips and Donations," The New York Times, January 20, 2014.

Craig Pittman (52)
Friday January 31, 2014, 5:43 am
The world's oldest profession alive and well in Congress and other governments around the world.

Kit B (276)
Friday January 31, 2014, 8:14 am

Eau My - Craig are you saying......yeah me too.

pam w (139)
Friday January 31, 2014, 9:26 am
BRAVO, Craig!

Terrie Williams (798)
Friday January 31, 2014, 9:43 am
LOL You put it more PC than I ever would, Craig, but GMTA!

Arielle S (313)
Friday January 31, 2014, 9:54 am
I love one of Hightower's quotes: "If you want the creek to clear up, you gotta get the hogs out of it"...... we need to get the hogs out of Congress and get our house in order.

Terry King (113)
Friday January 31, 2014, 9:58 am
Lobbyists are buying politicians??? Color me shocked!

. (0)
Friday January 31, 2014, 10:10 am
Nothing worse than a money whore except maybe a material junkie.

JL A (281)
Friday January 31, 2014, 10:46 am
Hightower continues to tell it like it is and give us the opportunity to object to such behavior by shining the needed light on it.

Robert B (60)
Friday January 31, 2014, 12:07 pm
Since these 30 pieces of silver sellouts make great effort to keep this from the Media and the Public we should close these corrupt loopholes and make jail time mandatory for any politician that takes money and favors for influence. Any lobbying should only be permitted in writing and put in the public record for ALL to see.

Birgit W (160)
Friday January 31, 2014, 2:08 pm
This is no news, and done daily. All paid by our tax money.

Dianna M (16)
Friday January 31, 2014, 2:53 pm
The only word I object to in this piece is in the title.

"Lovable"? Nope, don't think so.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday January 31, 2014, 3:27 pm
This stinks to high heaven! Our representatives are supposed to "represent" we, the people....their constituents. That is obviously not happening. What is our recourse? We can write, email, phone & make appointments with our own reps. and tell them what we think; but it doesn't seems to matter. Sure, we can vote--but it doesn't seems to make much of a difference anymore. Corporatists are in both parties. And, they can say one thing prior to election, then turn a 180 afterwards. Getting Big Money out of politics with an amendment seems to be one great answer, if only a start. has a petition you can sign.

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday January 31, 2014, 4:57 pm
I believe most politicians and heads of government agencies are corrupt. I believe this is establishing Corporate America, I believe it is making the rich richer and the middle and low income citizens destitute..

Sheri Schongold (7)
Friday January 31, 2014, 5:04 pm
Embarrassed my rear!! They are as pleased as punch to take the money. The more the better. It is well known that you can buy Congress if you have enough. If the lobbyists weren't allowed and Congress was forced to make do with what they had, maybe we would have a different government. One that works for the people instead of themselves.

marie C (163)
Friday January 31, 2014, 5:52 pm
Thanks Kit

Jeremy S (3)
Friday January 31, 2014, 7:26 pm
So Congress is a bunch of slimy creeps? What else is new?

And yes, I read the article, but just looking at the headline raises another issue...

Laurie H (817)
Friday January 31, 2014, 11:40 pm
$$$ Let the truth be told, we know the story, just what can be done?? Too much has changed, government does not represent the people any longer, corruption bursting at the seams---very sad~~ Thank you so much Kit!!~

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 1:29 am
There has also been controversy in the UK regarding the odious practice of lobbying MP's and recently one peer was photographed secretly accepting bribes to arrange meetings with the Prime Minister in Parliament corruption rules supremely.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 1:54 am
Thank you :)

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 8:56 am
Noted, thanks.

Arlene C (40)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 7:21 pm

Susanne R (235)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 10:27 pm
This type of behavior isn't limited to Congressman. Take Bob McDonnell and his money-grubbing wife, for example. They didn't just accept gifts, they asked for them! These people have no shame. Their tacky (and illegal) behavior landed them right where they belong --facing bribery charges. I wonder if Oscar de la Renta and Louis Vuitton have a line of prison jumpsuits. Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing how Mrs. McDonnell would look in one.

lee e (114)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 7:24 am
Can't send multiple stars when I want to! Let's get those pimps out of the "red light" district (of Columbia)!

roxy H (350)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 7:56 pm
Look in Wisconsin, Missouri, Florida and esp now in West Virgina. Environmental laws and animals are used for "profit to sell" and the Big Boy-Koch sucking lawmakers are thriving in the legislation because??? THEY WERE BOUGHT IN. There was a special on msnbc today showing the "DEFIANCE" in America and it highlighted Wis. 180,000 of us and Lovely Ed Schultz was protesting in the Capitol 2011 and we got our faces slapped. Then we as the people of the state got laughed at by everyone and told we "voted them in!" We deserved this draconian Governor and his radical bagger buddies. Now watching NJ with the bridge scandal, I am compelled to ask?? A bridge scandal is important enough to demand action but we are under a boughten take-over by Texas Billionaires in a state of bizarre and corruption. PROVEN corruption and nothing. ( because we deserve it?) Money is ruling the mental and the mental are ruling the laws.
REMOVE THEM!!! and please keep them in the media, not glorifying the corruption, maybe EXPOSING IT!

BTW: ty Kitty, I am adding your Beiber photo and some of your news into my group, loves to you
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